My husband and I started our overland journey through Southern Africa in January 2019.
During this time we drove more than 23 000 kilometers navigating our way through 6 countries while living in our Land Rover Defender named @mkulu_the_landy. We camped at more than 60 campsites, visited multiple wildlife reserves and national parks, where sometimes campsites were very remote and far from civilization.
For the most part of our trip, we had limited cellphone coverage and internet access. On the days we did, we’d set out time to catch up on admin, connect with family and friends and do some trip planning.
Whether online or offline we relied on some very nifty apps to help us through our journey. These are our must-have apps for Overlanding Africa:
People are often concerned that they won’t see any animals when they do a self-drive safari because they don’t have a trained eye or won’t know where to go. It’s definitely not as challenging as you might think. Here are some tips for spotting animals on a self-drive safari.
After spending a month in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, we entered the south of Namibia via the Mata Mata border post. Enroute to the coastal town of Luderitz we made an overnight stop in the small town of Aus where we spent a night camping at Klein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Campsite.
In the south of Namibia lies Namtib Hunter’s Rest, a gem of a campsite that we discovered by chance. This was the 12th camp site we stayed at during our overland trip through Southern Africa and definitely one of the best.
We’ve camped at tons of camp sites, some insignificant and some that are special. The special ones are those we will return to every chance we get and Rooiputs is one of those camps for us.
A firm favourite amongst Kgalagadi regulars, Rooiputs is an unfenced camp on the Botswana side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, only 20km from the Twee Rivieren/Two Rivers entrance gate.
Polentswa is a small unfenced camp on the Botswana side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. This camp has only 3 camp sites all overlooking the Polentswa pan.